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Solar power shines in oil-rich Saudi Arabia - Christian Science Monitor

Solar power shines in oil-rich Saudi Arabia - Christian Science Monitor | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Solar power shines in oil-rich Saudi Arabia Christian Science Monitor Gulf countries, whilst rich in oil and natural gas, also have an abundant supply of sun, which makes them an ideal location for solar power...
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The Incredible Shrinking Cost of Solar Energy Drives Mega-Projects around the World

The Incredible Shrinking Cost of Solar Energy Drives Mega-Projects around the World | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it
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Rob Wile uses a graph to point out the obvious, the dramatic fall in the cost of solar power generation. In many countries– Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal — and in parts of the US such as the Southwest, solar is at grid parity. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as a gas or coal one. The pace of technological innovation in the solar field has also accelerated, so that costs have started falling precipitously and efficiency is rapidly increasing. By 2015, solar panels should have fallen to 42 cents per watt. Reneweconomy.com says that the best Chinese solar panels fell in cost by 50% between 2009 and 2012. That incredible achievement is what has driven so many solar companies bankrupt– if you have the older technology, your panels are suddenly expensive and you can’t compete. It is like no one wants a 4 year old computer. Conservatives shed no tears when better computers drive slower ones out of the market, but point to solar companies’ shake-out as some

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Slowly but surely we're getting there.


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International Energy Agency Shows Coal Power Is Growing Faster than Solar or Wind | MIT Technology Review

International Energy Agency Shows Coal Power Is Growing Faster than Solar or Wind | MIT Technology Review | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it

 

Despite remarkable growth, solar and wind power aren’t making a dent in carbon emissions, says a new report from the International Energy Agency. Coal consumption is growing too fast to offset any gains from renewables.

 

According to the report, solar power capacity increased by 42 percent, and wind increased 19 percent during 2012. In comparison, coal only grew by 6 percent over the last two years. But because the total installed capacity of coal power was already huge, the amount of coal capacity added was much larger than that of solar and wind power. Even the increase in natural gas consumption hasn’t decreased the use of coal worldwide (see “Coal Demand Falls in the U.S., Rises Everywhere Else”).

 

Renewable energy can’t keep up with coal, let alone decrease its use. From 2001 to 2010, the amount of electricity generated with coal increased by 2,700 terawatt hours. Over the same period, electricity from non-fossil sources—including wind, solar, biomass, hydropower, and nuclear—increased by less than half that amount: or 1,300 terawatt hours.

 

Worldwide, more coal power is being installed because it’s inexpensive, reliable, and easy to incorporate into the grid. Before countries decide to stop building new coal plants, wind and solar and other low-carbon alternatives need to get cheaper, says Matthew Stepp, a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

 

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Long way to go before renewables can beat conventional sources of energy.

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Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities

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Rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy tools will radically shake up the power sector, according to an unusually frank report from a utility trade group. (Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S.
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NRG Rolls Out Solar Pergola To Target Residential Market - Forbes

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NRG Rolls Out Solar Pergola To Target Residential Market
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NRG Solar, which has mostly focused on investing in large solar power plants, has designed a solar electric system with energy storage for the residential market.
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Solar Heating Up on Wall Street - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Solar Heating Up on Wall Street
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The lease-finance option for solar panel – where customers are leasing rather than buying outright the panels and associated infrastructure- is making it more affordable for customers.
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Bosch pulls plug on photovoltaics business - Jakarta Globe

Bosch pulls plug on photovoltaics business - Jakarta Globe | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it
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Bosch pulls plug on photovoltaics business
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"Bosch is to discontinue its activities in crystalline photovoltaics," the company announced in a statement.
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Global Solar Outlook: Demand Will Transition To New Regions

Global Solar Outlook: Demand Will Transition To New Regions | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand will increase 31 GW during 2013, up 7% year-over-year (Y/Y), according to the new NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz 2013. For the first time, China will outpace Germany to become the leading PV consumer, while the top 10 PV territories will still account for 83% of global PV demand.

"2013 will represent another transition year, as the PV industry adjusts to softness across legacy European markets," says Michael Barker, senior analyst at NPD Solarbuzz. "The Chinese end market will largely compensate for the downturn in demand from Germany, which previously led PV demand."


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Solar Grid Parity In 102 Countries (Map) - CleanTechnica

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Solar Grid Parity In 102 Countries (Map)
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Here's an interesting graph used by Suntech's Stuart Wenham (sourced from Applied Materials) during a presentation at the Solar 2013 conference in Melbourne on Thursday.
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Solar Power Is Unstoppable - Forbes

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Solar Power Is Unstoppable
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Joe Weisenthal winks, that we'll just have to trust him that the rise of solar power is taking the world by surprise.
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Tiny wires could be a breakthrough for cheap solar panels | GigaOM CleanTech News

Tiny wires could be a breakthrough for cheap solar panels | GigaOM CleanTech News | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it

Chinese solar panel giants are in a bind — they’re churning out too many rock-bottom, commodity solar panels, and losing millions every day. In fact, most solar panel makers are currently laser focused on trying to boost the efficiency of their panels so that they can sell them at higher prices and actually make some money. A Swedish startup called Sol Voltaics says it can help out.

 

Sol Voltaics, which is discussing its product and funding for the first time this week, said it has developed a low cost way to make tiny nanowires out of the semiconductor gallium arsenide. The company turns these nanowires into an ink, which can be layered onto basic solar panels and boost the efficiency of a standard panel by 25 percent.

 

The idea is that solar panel makers would want to buy this technology because they can sell the more efficient panels at a higher price, and raise their margins. In addition, the overall installed cost of the more efficient solar panels (they produce more power) could be lower by 15 percent to 20 percent.

 

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China's Trina Solar eyes return to profit in H2 - Fox Business

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China's Trina Solar eyes return to profit in H2 Fox Business BOAO – Chinese solar panel marker Trina Solar Ltd hopes it can snap out of losses from June, its chairman said on Saturday, as it banks on China's rising demand for green energy and an...
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Solar and Fracking: They Go Together Like Ham and Eggs - Mother Jones

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Mother Jones Solar and Fracking: They Go Together Like Ham and Eggs Mother Jones Here's the nickel summary: Renewable energy tends to be sporadic (solar only during the the day, wind only when it's windy, etc.), so if you rely heavily on renewable...
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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

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According to Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project, the solar industry is set to become a net positive energy producer as early as 2015. (#Inhabitat The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer: ...
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7 Countries with Most Solar Power Usage - Greener Ideal

7 Countries with Most Solar Power Usage - Greener Ideal | The solar industry...in rear view & through crystal ball | Scoop.it
The concept of solar power has been around for some time, but it’s never been considered a practical means for satisfying the world’s energy needs.
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Are Solar Panels The Answer For Your Home?

Is solar power the answer for your home? Well, it depends. The reality is that power bills are going up and they are likely to keep going up in the (Are Solar Panels The Answer...
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